Bethesda, one of the most renowned communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is known as a great destination for ethnic restaurants, boutiques, home décor shops and artistic and trendy hot spots.  Additionally, as home of the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the National Naval Medical Center, it is one of the leading biomedical research centers.

From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Art and Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues.  Unique galleries and public art fill the streets.  The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc.

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Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

The Bethesda Theater, built in 1938 and opened as one of the era’s Art Deco cinema palaces, is coming back…

Bowlmor Lanes – Bethesda

“Shouldn’t you Bowlmor? Since 2001, Bowlmor Lanes Bethesda has been the Washington DC area’s premier upscale bowling alley.”

Capital Crescent Trail

11 mile biker-hiker trail running from west Silver Spring to Georgetown DC. The trail was formerly used as the Georgetown…

Gandhi Memorial Center

Houses headquarters of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, a library and depictions of the life and activities of Mahatma Gandhi…

Locust Grove Nature Center

An ideal spot to watch birds and other small creatures in their real habitats. Includes child-friendly live animals and hands-on…

Parker’s American Bistro & Sports Bar

Enjoy Parker’s American grill and watch your favorite sporting event in the restaurant’s sports bar.

Vamoose Bus to New York City!

Vamoose is a premier bus service between NYC and the Washington, DC suburbs (Bethesda, MD; Arlington, VA & Lorton, VA).…

Upcoming Events in Town

Two Trains Running


It's 1969 and change is in the air. But for Memphis, the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the civil rights movement may be an impractical dream. Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. August Wilson's inspiring, humorous, and potent portrait of African-American life in the '60s tells the story of ordinary people at a turning point in history. "PowerfulThe drama surges with confidencea lively, probing show" - Washington Post. EXTENDED thru May 4!

Imagination Stage Winter/Spring Classes


We offer classes in drama, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18! Not only are we open 7 days a week, but we also have a 14-week session, as well as shorter 6-week classes to fit any schedule. Get into YOUR Imagination Stage!

Hansel & Gretel

Glen Echo

Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. The production has long been a favorite of children and their parents, and is an excellent introduction to musical story for children. Show runs Mar. 27 " Apr. 27, 2014. Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Recommended: K " Grade 6. Running time: 40 min. Call our box office at (301) 634-5380.